Saturday, March 14, 2009
This one really tickles the ol' heart strings. Dan Phillips and his wife have created this project that helps low income folks and in particular single mothers to build and own their own homes using cast-off materials. They have a commitment to using unskilled workers because not only are they creating something amazing, one of a kind, and majorly eco, this person is emerging from this experience with a host of new skills and the kind of pride of ownership that money can't buy. It's such a beautiful thing... I'm going to try to go visit him soon. He uses things like picture frame samples, bottlecaps, wine corks, and bones in his houses, but always uses repetition so they're beautiful rather than cacaphonous to the eye.